Kurban Bayramı, the Feast of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide and more commonly known globally as Eid al-Adha. Taking place 70 days after Ramadan, the holiday period starts in the afternoon of August 10 of this year and ends on August 14. Kurban Bayramı celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael on Allah’s orders, who was then replaced with a ram. The holiday is mainly about helping those less fortunate and being thankful for time spent spent with loved ones, a humbling reminder of life’s blessings.

During the holidays, most businesses, banks, and government offices will be closed, and public transport (buses, ferries, trams, metro, metrobüs) will be free. Check the opening hours of restaurants and stores before visiting.


The Guide Istanbul July/August 2019 issue is out now.  In this annual food issue, we take you on a gastronomic tour along the Aegean coast of Turkey. There is no better time than the summer to explore the richness of local cuisine! The Guide Bodrum 2019 edition provides the latest travel information for Turkey’s prime summer destination in English and Turkish. This issue features a road trip between Istanbul and Dalaman, among other fun articles to browse through. Order a copy through bit.ly/subscribeTGI; or download the online version from Dergilik or Magzter.


Event highlights

The open-air cinema season has come. Watching movies under the starry night has become a popular cultural activity during summer in Istanbul. Until September 15, UNIQ Istanbul Open Air Film Festival is screening various winners and nominees of international awards. Yapı Kredi bomontiada host Tv+ Open-Air Başka Sinema screenings from time to time; free admission.

UNIQ Open Air Cinema Festival

Two-day bakery workshops with Kolektif Fırın will take place at SALT Beyoğlu throughout July and August, aiming to share the knowledge and experience of fermentation, kneading and cooking techniques. The events are free of charge. For details visit saltonline.org.

Kolektif Fırın workshop

Elgiz Museum hosts the 11th Terrace Exhibition, Is There Life on Earth, from June 21 to September 3, with the theme of eco-criticism that questions matters on pollution and consumption of the sources of our planet.

Collaborating with Ara Güler Museum, Istanbul Modern will host Two Archives, One Selection: Tracing Ara Güler’s footsteps in Istanbul from May 29 – November 17.

For more events, check out some of Istanbul’s main arts and cultural venues:


Culture and entertainments

The former office of Agos Newspaper will open to visitors as 23.5 Hrant Dink Site of Memory on June 17 in Osmanbey. Paying homage to the late editor-in-chief of Agos, the site focuses on Armenian history, human rights, and equality.

Located at an Ottoman palace complex at the Bosphorus, Feriye opened as an arts and entertainment center in Ortaköy. The site includes a waterfront restaurant, a cafe, a gallery, a cinema, and a kitchen for workshops. Find all the event updates through @feriyeistanbul on Instagram.

Zuhal Muzik opened its grand concept store in Akasya shopping mall in Acıbadem. Follow @zuhalmuzik to stay up-to-date with the upcoming musical workshops.


Food and drinks

The opening of seasonal rooftop and terrace venues in Istanbul marked the arrival of the long-awaited summer. At 16Roof in the Swissotel The Bosphorus, enjoy Mediterranean and Peruvian cuisine with live music everyday until 2am. The iconic nightclub KLEIN relocated to its summer venue KLEIN.Garten on Meşrutiyet Caddesi, providing the same quality music in an outdoor garden. Located on the top floor of the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, Monkey Istanbul is a great spot to watch the sunset against the Golden Horn. Secret Garden parties at W Istanbul is popular for great music and signature cocktails every Friday night.

Monkey Istanbul

Welcoming the new season, Sofie at Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection presents a new menu by Executive Chef Pelin Oğur. Focusing on Mediterranean cuisine, the highlighted dishes are light and healthy plates such as a Buddha bowl, croque madame, bruschetta, and avocado toast. Breakfast service starts every day from 7am; while the open buffet ends at noon, the a la carte menu continues until 4pm.

Sofie